Sjogren's And Acupuncture
It took a year (end of May 2010) to finally get a diagnosis of Sjogren's Syndrome (my blood test showed no markers) based on the plethora of symptoms I presented; severe dry mouth, dry throat and cough, various forms of stomach problems (reflux, diarrhrea etc.). Since then I have developed dry eyes and joint pain with muscle spasms (all over my body). The Rheumalogist who gave the diagnosis gave me prescriptions to stimulate saliva flow and Restasis for the eyes. The saliva meds made me drool all night, horrible much worse than the dry mouth; the Restasis is $245.00 but it works very well. The worst thing through all of this is the attitude of the medical community especially when the specialists I saw couldn't come up with what was ailing me. Their attitude would turn defensive with a couple of them eluding to it possilby being in my head; one ENT doctor said "just drink more water". The doctor who made the diagnosis and according to him treats many women with Sjogren's suggested that I "learn to live with it"! OUTRAGEOUS!! So I set out to find quality of life and found it with ACUPUNCTURE! I am working closely with my acupuncturist who has treated dry mouth syndrome and has researched Sjogren's and I have been having very good results, having many symptom free days; it has not been an easy road to travel and I have another month of almost daily sessions, but the results are clear and once we've gotten the Sjogren's under control I will probably have a monthly session for the rest of my life! Once I'm feeling normal again once a month for the rest of a symptom free life sounds FANTASTIC!